Green Powerhouse


U.S. Ambassador Kristie A. Kenney (center) is joined by : Assistant Secretary Salvador Salacup of the Department of Agriculture (DA), Marcelino Remotigue, president of the Northern Mindanao Vegetable Producers Association (NorMinVeggies), Virgilio Leyretana, chairman of the Mindanao Economic Council

(MEDCo), and Cagayan de Oro Mayor Constantino Jaraula, as balloons are released to mark the 2nd Anniversary of the NorMinVeggies Consolidation Center in Cagayan de Oro City. The facility, which was established with support from the DA and USAID’s Growth with Equity in Mindanao (GEM) Program, serves as a strategic wholesale market and trading outlet for NorMinVeggies’ member-growers, and handles approximately 30-40 metric tons of assorted vegetables monthly. About 20 percent of the produce is transported to other regions through the national government’s “roll-on, roll-off” (RORO) cargo transport system.* (GEM)

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